Jenkins Believes Eagles Have Different AttitudeBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, May 31st, 2012
The second week of OTAs has been headlined by the return of defensive end Jason Babin and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. Babin was away on a hunting trip last week, and Jenkins was home caring for his wife after she had a medical procedure done. After concluding his first practice of 2012, Jenkins took note of the energy and excitement evident on the field. “It was good to get back out here with the team. It’s good energy out there coming off the season last year,” Jenkins said after practice. “There’s a lot of determination this year.”
Jenkins’ most notable comment addressed the Eagles self-perception as a team last season. With Philadelphia’s good fortune during free-agency last year, a roster complete with the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, DeSean Jackson, and franchise quarterback Michael Vick led the Eagles players to believe that they were the “Dream Team.” According to Jenkins, “I knew the second I got here and I heard the phrase ‘Dream Team’ going around, that was just something like, ‘No, no, no.’ Hopefully, we don’t have anything like that going around this year.”
The self-proclaimed “Dream Team” fell victim to a false sense of euphoria and accomplishment. With one of the most talented rosters in the league last year, the Eagles appeared to have all the pieces necessary to make a deep run in the postseason. Unfortunately, the Eagles became content with the talent they had on paper, losing four of their next six games before the bye-week. A lack of effort and focus at times on the field, coupled with the seemingly weekly injuries to Michael Vick caused the Eagles to miss the playoffs and fall miserably short of their team goal.
With the failure of last season as first-hand experience, one can only hope that the Eagles have learned from their mistakes. Jenkins offered a positive outlook on the teams’ focus, stating that they’ve already altered their attitude for this upcoming season. “You can just see it in everybody, where it’s a different feel from last year.”
They definitely have the talent, now it’s time for the Eagles to live up to those “Dream Team” aspirations they held a year ago.
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